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Is it ok to move a dog to a larger crate?

Asked by Supacase (14533points) February 16th, 2010

We have crate trained our dog, but bless her heart, she just hates it. Now that she is housebroken, would it be okay to move her to a large crate or would that cause her to regress? I put her in a room-size section of the basement when we had a lot of people over once and she did fairly well with that.

We can’t let her out at night or when we’re gone because she still eats and chews things she shouldn’t – I’m worried she could find something to get into in the bathroom too. She finds things I would never think of.

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dpworkin's avatar

She might actually feel a little less secure for a while in a larger crate, but I don’t know why she would regress, and in the longer term she will probably grow to appreciate the larger quarters.

Vunessuh's avatar

I don’t see why it would be a problem.
My dog was crate trained and is housebroken as well, but every once in a while I need to put her back into her crate. Very rarely though and she does fine. She doesn’t like being in there, but she doesn’t start pissing all over the carpet after I let her out in spite of me.

Besides, a larger crate means more space and freedom. I think she’ll be fine.

tragiclikebowie's avatar

Seems like she has separation anxiety. You might want to address that as well.

Darwin's avatar

One of her dogs loves being in a crate and happily adapts to whatever size crate we have available for her.

An alternative diagnosis would be that your dog isn’t getting enough active play with you during the day, so she gets rid of her excess energy by chewing when left alone. As she gets to be about four years old or so the chewing will probably lessen, but for the short term she needs more activity and a supply of items she can chew with impunity.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

I see no problem with making that transition.

YARNLADY's avatar

Try to put the same bedding and toys in the new crate, and it shouldn’t be a problem.

Merriment's avatar

I’m not a big fan of crates. I adopted a dog that was kept in one for far too many hours a day for over 2 years. It was nearly irretrievably damaging to her psyche. In a word it made her a neurotic, nervous, nutter. After nearly a year out of the kennel and getting daily walks she is slowly recovering.

Instead of getting a bigger crate I would take the time to doggie proof a good size room in my home, like the kitchen and gate the doorway. I would set her up for success by giving her a good long walk before I left her for the first time in the space. Give her a new, interesting chew toy, her doggie bed and leave her calmly for a short period of time.

Crate training is good but too much of it is bad. And these days I am seeing more people using them to “shut away” problem behaviors like barking or chewing instead of dealing with the issue.

rottenit's avatar

We switched to larger crates but we dont crate them when we leave, the room idea is good (we have a kennel) but the crates are “there” space and they will hang out in them or sleep in them when they want to.

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